permaculture East Africa


INformation on the PDC at Sabina school here www.permaculturedesigncourse.co.uk/?page_id=1905   My personal permaculture journey began in 1990 in Zimbabwe, in Chimanimani, so I was thrilled to find these videos on line. With political change happening there at the moment it feels like a good time to revisit the ideas of […]

Permaculture Zimbabwe and beyond






Permaculture isn’t explicitly political, it requires no belief or political persuasion. In fact permaculture transcends traditional boundaries as everyone: no matter their political outlook has to agree on the importance of soil, water and plants for prolonged human survival. It has been really exciting and reassuring to make connections with […]

Permaculture Politics






“The bigger they are the harder they fall” If our carbon based energy systems collapse too quickly what we will we have left? Diversity and different approaches will hel cushion us from the huge changes when they can. If thousands of families were to cook with biochar and use it […]

Day 9- Use small and Slow Solutions



“Many hands make light work”   In permaculture principle 8 we look at how every element performs many functions and how to support key functions with many elements!   we began by looking at integrated pest management, using a biological rather than a chemical approach such as sacrifical planting to […]

Day 8-Integrate Rather Than Segregate


“Can’t see the wood for the trees”   Today we examined the 7th principle which covers design patterns found in the natural world, these are a source of inspiration for permaculture. ‘Pattern thinking’ can be used in a wide variety of situations, unlike specific techniques which can only be used […]

Day 7 -Design From Patterns to Details


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“A stitch in time saves nine” Waste not want not was the theme for today in principle 6, as what others fail to value can be a great gift to you in permaculture, we need to use what we have and look to the waste stream for resources, as waste […]

Day 6-Produce No Waste



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“Let Nature Take Its Course”   Today the class paid a visit to the local Busoga School for the day where we dug out the ground and planted a Bananna guild behind one of the classrooms, and learned how to select and prepare Bananna suckers to grow more Bannanas! everyone […]

Day 5 – Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services


“The sins of the father are visited unto the seventh generation”   Today the class looked at the 4th permaculture design principle, Apply regulation and accept feedback, this involves thinking about long term impacts of our activities, and paying attention to feedback loops and cycles, maintaining a dynamic equilibrium within […]

Day 4 – Apply Regulation and Accept Feedback


“you can’t work on an empty stomach”   Permaculture principle number 3 is based around obtaining a yield and the best ways in which to do that, so today we looked at planting crops for the future in a sustainable and regenerative manner but also how to provide a more […]

Day 3 – Obtain A Yield